Gifted/FLAME/GATE Whatever you chose to call it - these are some special kids! They are the ones that question a little deeper, feel a little stronger and understand a little faster. In my classroom we strive to challenge these students to the fullest extent. Logic puzzles, upper level math, creativity, artistic talents, athletic skills, etc. Something new every single class for every single student. They may think they can't do it but I want to show them they can!
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Hi! My name is MaryLei Villella. Ususally the first thing that I need to explain to my students and parents is how to pronounce my last name! The easiest way I have found to do this is to explain that if you say Vanilla, you can say Villella ("Va-lel-la").
I have been teaching for 5 years. I have only ever taught Gifted students for that entire time and can't see myself teaching anything else!
I worked for three years to receive my Gifted Endorsement, while teaching Gifted and growing my family.
I have been married for as long as I have been teaching and have three beautiful daughters. Adaline and Evelynn are 2 (twins) and my youngest is Isablle who is 10 Months. I understand what it means to be a busy parent!
I love my quirky, smart, quick witted, Gifted students who I feel understand me as well as I understand them. I look forward to challenging and motivating each and every one of my students to find their unique strengths.